It is always said that if you seriously want to get into video or photo editing then it’s better to invest in a PC, but if your nature of work makes you travel or if you want to edit videos or photos while resting on your couch then the laptop is your best friend. To make your editing workflow smooth and easy you must be looking for a laptop which has nice specs which can handle any task which you might throw on it, be it software like DaVinci Resolve, Adobe After Effects or Adobe Premier Pro. These apps require a good amount of RAM and some of them need to have dedicated graphics cards like Adobe After Effects. It means you must need a dedicated graphics card and at least RAM of 8 or 16GB so that you can do the task smoothly.
Here we have curated a list of some of the best laptops which are good for editing or for app development, if you are into app development then also you need to have a machine which has good specs.
#1 MacBook Pro 16inch 2023
If Apple MacBook laptops are known one thing, obviously other than high price, then it is that these machines are powerful, smooth and can handle heavy tasks very easily. The latest MacBook Pro 2023 is powered by either M2 Pro or M2 Max chip, yes the latter one is the most powerful CPU among the two which Apple is offering on its portable machines.
Apple claims that when it colour grading on DaVinci Resolve, it is as fast as twice when it is compared with an Intel-based machine. Another thing which goes in the favour of MacBook is its gorgeous display, it comes with best in the class display which is best for colour grading and colour correction.
Another thing which needs to be mentioned here is its superb battery life which lets you do your task without worrying about the power source, and yes its big and accurate trackpad is also super handy while editing.
#2 ASUS ProArt Studiobook
So MacBook is not your thing, no problem, if you are a Windows lover then Asus ProArt Studibook is the laptop which you must be looking for, it comes with top of the line specs and features like –
- Powered by 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900H Processor,
- Supports up to 64GB of RAM,
- 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD (support up to 4TB),
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GDDR6 8GB VRAM
- 16.0-inch (40.64 cms), 4K (3840 x 2400) OLED 16:10 aspect ratio, 0.2ms response time, 550nits HDR peak brightness, 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut, PANTONE Validated, Glossy display, SGS Eye Care Display, Screen-to-body ratio: 85 ％
- Has Thunderbolt 4, USB 3.2 Gen 2, an SD Express reader, HDMI 2.1, a 3.5mm headset jack, and Ethernet ports.
One thing which needs to be mentioned about this laptop is its dail, the company is calling it Asus Dail which lets you do colour correction and other precious tasks so easily, it can work with most apps like After Effect, DaVinci, Premier Pro, Photoshop and so on.
#3 Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio
The one thing we love about Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio is how easy it is to switch between laptop and tablet mode, and if you do digital artwork, then you must the how easy it is to work on the aspect ratio of 3:2.
This 2 in 1 machine is lightweight and super flexible to work on, and with a stylus, it is super easy to draw your ideas and convert them into reality
Some of the key features of it are –
- Quad-core powered 11th Gen Intel Core H processor
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti.
- Sleek 14.4“ PixelSense Flow touch display with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz.
- Slim Pen 2 for the best digital pen
#4 ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo
Asus Zenbook Pro 14 Duo is another excellent laptop from Asus, the main selling point of this laptop is that it comes with a dual screen which is very good for multi-tasking and managing multiple apps, the secondary touchscreen works seamlessly with the main 15.6-inch Full HD touchscreen. It has 100% DCI-P3 Glossy Touchscreen Display which makes your editing more beautiful.
It is packed with 12th Generation Intel Core i9-12900H Processor (14 Cores 20 threads, up to 5.0 GHz, 24MB Cache), and comes with GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6 Graphics. It has 32GB LPDDR5 RAM and comes with 2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD.
Key Features –
- Dual Screen, with the main screen of 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) OLED, 0.2ms response time, 60Hz refresh rate, 550nits, 100% DCI-P3 Glossy Touchscreen Display, and secondary screen of 14″ (1920 x 550).
- 12th Generation Intel Core i9-12900H Processor (14 Cores 20 threads, up to 5.0 GHz, 24MB Cache)
- Dedicated GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6 Graphics
- 32GB LPDDR5 RAM
- 2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
- USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 2 x Thunderbolt 4 supports display, HDMI 2.1, Combo Audio Jack; Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) + Bluetooth 5.2; Backlit Chiclet Keyboard with Num-key;
- Military Grade build
- Up to 9.5 hours of battery
#5 GIGABYTE AERO 5 KE4
If you are looking for a laptop which is not powerful but only has a gorgeous display too, the GIGABYTE AERO 5 KE4 comes with an Ultra HD AMOLED display with support to 100% DCI-P3 colour, the thin bezels around the display make work more enjoyable too. It is powered by a 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700H processor whose frequency can go from 2.3GHz to 4.7GHz, graphics are being handled by NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU 6GB GDDR6.
Key Features –
- 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700H (2.3GHz~4.7GHz), Base Core Frequency: 2.3GHz, Performance-core Max Turbo Frequency: 4.7GHz, Efficient-core Max Turbo Frequency: 3.5GHz
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU 6GB GDDR6
- 15.6″ Thin Bezel Samsung UHD 3840×2160 AMOLED display (VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black, 100% DCI-P3)
- 16 GB DDR4-3200 RAM
- 1TB SSD storage
- DTS:X Ultra Audio Technology